Monday, October 27, 2014

Pencil wand

Needing encouragement for your child to write/mark make? Why not try making this fun wand pencil... Fit for any Witch or Wizard.

Who can play?
I would recommend this activity for children aged 3 years and above.

Scissor safety

What do you need?
1. Pencil
2. Scissors
3. Card, preferably black or silver.
4. Glue
5. Glitter and sequins
6. Cello tape
7. Paper 

What do you need to do?
Draw a star shape onto a piece of card. Black and silver make the best colour. Depending on your child's age and stage of development, you can encourage your child to draw and cut it out. For younger children, you can always do this part for them.

Next, apply glue to the star and shake on some glitter and sequins.

Once the star has dried, attach it to the pencil with cello tape or glue. 

It is then ready to use. Children need to write for a purpose, so why not place the pencil on a clipboard with some paper. Leave it next to a cauldron with plastic creatures, to encourage your child to make marks/recognisable letters whilst writing a spell.

My daughter loves using her wand pencil and says it is magic and helps her write... If it encourages her literacy skills then that is food enough for me. 

The wand pencil doesn't have to be just for Halloween, it can be used all year round. 

What can be learnt?

What could be done next?
1. Use the wand pencil to mark make/write recognisable letters whilst writing a magic potion on paper.
2. Draw Halloween creatures with the pencil

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